Montreal Summer Jobs Calling your Name

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Now that the school year has come to an end, the next important order of business for most students is to find a job. And yes, your parents have probably been nagging about locking down your summer job for weeks (and maybe even months) now, but the procrastination is inevitable. In case slacked a little and are now rushing for a job, we’ve come up with a list of 10 Montreal summer jobs and internships that are available right now! Thank us later.

 

Tutor

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Use all your knowledge from higher education to tutor some younger students this summer. Know a second language? Even better!

Apply here.

 

Laboratory Assistant

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Science students, a lab job in your field is sure to look great on those precious med school applications!

Apply here.

 

Student Painter

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Spend time both inside and outside working as a painter this summer! It may not be the most glamorous job, but you’re sure to have a great crew full of people your own age, and still avoid a minimum-wage paycheck.

Apply here.

 

Multimedia and Communication Specialist

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Looking for something more interesting than a classic retail/fast food part time job? Seize your opportunity to network and build your resume as a Multimedia and Communication Specialist at CHIP.

Apply here.

 

Office Intern

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Want to get first-hand experience in a non-profit organization and build your resume, but still get paid? Well, then this internship has your name written all over it!

Apply here.

 

Customer Relations

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Get your foot in the door of the pharmaceutical industry with this customer relations positions. This summer job can hold great benefits for science, business, and communications students, while simultaneously serving as an alternative to the classic part-time job.

Apply here.

 

Summer Camp Facilitator

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For those in the health field, this position as a summer camp facilitator helping people with disabilities will be a great opportunity to ditch a PSW position and try something different, sure to be a fulfilling experience.

Apply here.

 

Brand Ambassador

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Change your pace with a brand ambassador position. Not only are these jobs well-paid, but what’s better than hanging out and interacting with people all day, both inside and outside. Oh, and did we mention there’s usually an exciting event and a freebie or two involved?

Apply here, here, here, or here.

 

What are you waiting for? Grab an awesome summer position while they’re still available.

YOUR MTL BUCKET LIST

Yeah, we got you.



Fill your weekends up, take your friends from out of town, find a date, blow off studying… find pretty much any reason to complete our Montreal bucket list. This list of 40 must-do Montreal activities will have you feeling the city’s vibe!

 

 

Walk, dine, and adventure in Old Port


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Get your dose or culture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Go shopping and grab an organic bite at Eva B on St Laurent

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Hit up a Montreal Beach (or topless beach if you dare!)

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Visit the ever-changing Mcgill’s Urban Forest, downtown on Sherbrooke

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Go hang out with the kitties (and maybe Dillon Francis) at the Montreal Cat Cafe

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Spend a lazy Sunday at Tamtams

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Rage at Montreal’s premier winter rave, Igloofest

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Learn something at the Montreal Science Center

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Check out one of Montreal’s renowned music festivals (Osheaga, Ile Soniq, Jazzfest, etc.)

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Be a ride warrior at Parc Jean Drapeau’s La Ronde

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Enjoy the themed gardens at Montreal’s Botanical Garden

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Watch the sunset at Parc Lafontaine


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Don’t stop the party at one of Montreal premiere after-hours bars like Stereo, open until a whopping 10am!

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Enjoy tea-time at the Ritz Montreal

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See a concert at le Centre Bell- Kanye’s coming on September 7th

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Enjoy Parc Jean Drapeau’s International Firework Festival

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Try rooftop drinks on a terrace downtown

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Dance the night away at Le Belmont

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Take an insta pic at Place des Arts (or any of these prime locations)

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Make it to the top of the Mount Royal lookoutmountroyal2

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Festival Mondiale de la Biere

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Picnic and take advantage of Quebec’s picnic law on a Sunday afternoon at Parc Angrignon

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Head to Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival (just don’t get pranked!)

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Get lost in the underground- you know it’ll happen

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Try a French delicacy from Le Maison Du Macaroon

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Visit the Montreal Biodome

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Go shopping on St Catherine Street

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Try a Montreal style bagel (and never go back)

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EAT. POUTINE. ANYWHERE.

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Lounge at one of Montreal’s many amazing spas

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Check out these secret swimming spots

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Hang out in Apartment 200’s living room

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Go night skating on one of Montreal’s gorgeous lit up skating rinks

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Take a ride on Montreal’s musical swing set

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Take the challenge and try finding some of the coolest street art spots you can in Montreal (hint hint: Old Port)

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Take the Mile End Food Tour

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Try some maple syrup and check out “La Cabane a Sucre au Pied de Cochon” (oh, so Canadian)

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Experience “Fete des Neige” at Parc Jean Drapeau this winter

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Experience the winter village at the Olympic Stadium

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10 EASY WAYS OF BEING AN EFFICIENT STUDENT

D’s get degrees, but A’s are much better.

 

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Not caring about your GPA is all fun and games until we realize it actually determines a lot. With a low GPA sports teams, activities, societies, case competitions, associations, exchange programs, and even some jobs may deem you as ineligible. To help ensure your GPA stays sky-high and that you can enjoy your post-secondary experience to the fullest, we have created a list of 10 easy habits to becoming an effective student:

 

 

Don’t cram

Because forcing your eyelids open isn’t exactly considered studying.

 

Plan out your study time

Like budgeting, planning out your study time tends to lead to higher performance among students, this is because designating specific time for each course will not only allow you to build a routine, but also allow for excess course-review time when you’re actually caught up with your studies.

 

Set Goals

If you set goals in each course or during each study session,  you are sure to pinpoint the important areas of focus and study effectively by setting clear direction instead of spending time on a topic that may or may not be of serious relevance to your course.

 

Start with the Most Difficult Subject

Since motivation is at it’s all-time highest when you actually begin a task, start with your hardest subject first, that way it only gets easier as the session progresses.

 

Initiate Group Work

Group work forms a highly effective study session for a few reasons; first off it’s nice to have someone else there in case you don’t understand a concept, you complete assignments more quickly, and as you reiterate or teach lessons to one another, you’re also internalizing the subject matter which ultimately makes for a better understanding and an easier time remembering certain concepts and information.

 

Organize Yourself

The key to efficiency is organization, and although this may seem like an initially time-consuming, tedious job, after the initial organization having your notes, computer files, assignments, and books organized will aid in maximizing efficiency, having ready access to information, and handing in assignments promptly.

 

Take Great Notes

Instead of shuffling for course notes right before an exam, take great notes in the first place! This will surely make studying and organization easier due to the accessibility of your course notes, but will also aid in accumulating actual course knowledge as you’ll be rewriting concepts now and at the time of studying.

 

Don’t Procrastinate

It’s insanely easy to ignore that above mentioned study schedule, but if you do a little bit of studying daily, you’re sure to remember the course better, have an easier time building and connecting subject matters.

 

Live Healthily

Ok, not to go all elementary school on you, but getting approximately 8 hours of sleep, maintaining a generally healthy diet, and getting some regular exercise, are all immediate factors of  how much brain power, motivation, and stress- relief your body is ready to output, all seriously important components to maximizing efficiency as a student.

 

Read your Course Outline

I can’t stress this enough!! Not reading your course outline can be detrimental to your grade. Not only are all your important due dates and corresponding grade percentages included, but profs tend to include very important information on these sheets that they may not bother telling you in class, even if you make it to the intro lecture. An example of this may be the amount of classes you can miss without failing or whether or not neglecting to hand just 1 assignment can lead to automatic fail (this is actually a thing!).

10 of Montreal’s Cheapest Eats

Living cheap in Montreal is surprisingly not impossible.

When your bank account has reached the “span $40 for the next week” state, it’s important to know where the cheap food options are in the city. This is why we created a reference list of some of Montreal’s yummiest/cheapest eats, averaging at around $5:

 

Le Warehouse1446 Rue Crescent, Montréal

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Delicious and cheap, what more do we need? With a fixed $5 menu, Warehouse is the place to go for premiere cheap eats, and features many delicious drink options, making it a Montreal after-class favorite!

 

Montreal Pool Room 1217 Boul St-Laurent

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Famous hot dogs, and many other delicious fast-food staples

 

Nilufar1923 Rue Sainte-Catherine

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Many vegetarian bites and $3 pitas; Nilufar’s Middle Eastern food is sure to blow you away while keeping your wallet nice and thick.

Cinko  1641 Rue Saint-Denis

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With a name like Cinko, you know you’ve found that prime $5 menu.

 

Blanche Neige 5735  Cote-Des-Neiges

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Cheap + 24h = just plain awesome.

 

Vua Sandwiches1579 St. Denis & 227 Bernard

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Sushi, sandwiches, and bubble tea – this simple Asian eatery has many low budget options with higher budget tastes!

 

Bagel St Henri -4354 Rue Saint Antoine O

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All sorts of bagels, Benedict, sammies, and more, for under $5!

 

L’entrepot Mount Royal 1019 Mont-Royal

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You must purchase a drink but the menu comes at $4.99 (heart eye emoji).

 

Super Sandwich 1115 Rue Sherbrooke O

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All sorts of deli, all sorts of cheap.

 

La Chilenita 130 Rue Roy E

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Calling all Mexican food lovers! La Chilenita offers a deal of $2.75/Empanada with price breaks on group orders. Bring a few friends, and fill up for hella cheap at La Chilenita!

SUMMER’S NOT OVER YET! 15 THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE END OF AUGUST

Its. Not. Over. Yet.

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As the closing month of  the summer quickly reached its midpoint, it’s easy for that summer nostalgia to fade – but luckily, we realize it ain’t over yet! And what better time to kick-off that end-of-summer bucket list? To give you a head start, here are 15 activities to cross off your list before the end of the summer:

 

See a tourist attraction in your city.

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Indulge in some street food from one of Montreal’s (or your city’s) many food trucks.

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Get rowdy at a Montreal Expos or Impacte game.

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Spend a day at the beach.

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Head to Montreal’s La Diperie, or another amazing Montreal ice cream spot, ice cream for breakfast anyone??

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Take advantage of the lasting days of fresh markets like Marche Jean Talon.

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Enjoy stargazing at the top of Mount Royal Lookout after a night hike.

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Have a picnic at Mount Royal- you can make it extra summer by first cooking a grilled pizza at home, and take advantage of Montreal’s picnic law which permits drinking in public on Sundays if you have food on you!

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Enjoy a day paddle boarding (stand up board), canoeing, or kayaking.

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Have a campfire.. And don’t forget roasted hot dogs and s’mores!!

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Wear an all white outfit (it’s not Labour Day yet).

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Jump off something really tall into the water; that’s a Canadian summer staple!

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Spend the day drinking (or eating) with friends in the sun on one of Montreal’s many summer terraces, like this one:

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or this one…

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OR this one…

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Or even this one.. (there’s  a lot of terraces here)

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Do the old port zip line before it closes down for the season (it’s not as scary as it looks).

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Rejoice because festival season is never over with Villa Paradizo – the free 24hr rave to kick off the end of summer, is coming back to Montreal on the 9th and 10th of September!!

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13 UNCONVENTIONAL STUDENT JOBS

How to work in the “me” generation.

Ah, the everlasting money chase- it seems to be a common theme among students, no matter their situation. Between a strange class schedule,  a commitment phobia,  or just really not wanting an unfortunate part-time job, motivation to hand out resumes is often lost, thus creating an increasing group of students who may want to work, but don’t have the opportunity. We’re all about solutions here, so have created a list of 13 unconventional student jobs that may be suited for you this school year, and we’re not talking paid survey taking or essay selling here – our list will really work:

 

Fitness Instructor

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Take your passion to the next level and become a fitness instructor. This can be great for those who love being at the gym anyway, and even more so for outgoing people with a passion for fitness. Not only that, but becoming a fitness instructor leaves you with many options for personal training, to yoga, to aerobics or dance aerobics, and more!

 

Get information of the Fitness Instructor Training program ran through the YMCA here: http://www.ymcaquebec.org/en/Health-and-Fitness/Fitness-Instructor-Training/Fitness-Instructor-Training-Program-FIT

 

 

Brand Ambassador or Promotional Model

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If you love people, are extremely smiley and outgoing, and have a flare for customer service and interaction, this job is for you! Many companies hire promotional models and brand ambassadors on behalf of their event, brand, or product, in order to create brand, campaign, and product awareness. These jobs are typically contractual, and tend to pay very well as they tend to be short programs and long shifts- but are extremely beneficial- not only is the work easy, fun, and well-paid, but you’re constantly interacting and making new connections, get to attend the hottest events, and can also walk away with some free stuff! Best of all, MINIMAL COMMITMENT because most activations are no longer than 1-3 shifts.

 

Check out some Montreal Brand Ambassador positions here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brandambassadorsofmontreal/

 

Dog Walker/Sitter

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For those of us lacking a pet, this is an ideal position because you get to make money while spending time with a furry friend. There are many people who are simply too busy to walk their dogs, and this is where you come in, as the dog walker extraordinaire you are.

 

Check out Pet Sitting and Care jobs here: https://www.care.com/en-ca/jobs/dog-sitting/montreal

 

Entrepreneur

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Take what you like, and make money from it. Are you the type of person that like to get what you want no matter what, if something isn’t there for you, do you make it happen for yourself? Maybe you should consider entrepreneurship of sorts. Running your own business can have many advantages and can be kept simple when you are simply looking to build a revenue instead of a brand. You can capitalize on your talents, or find an answer to an issue that needed solving; either way, entrepreneurship can reap many benefits at this age that other jobs cannot.

 

Check out a Canadian-wide incubator and sponsorship program here: http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/

 

 

Kutoto

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Task apps like Kutoto- Canada’s version of TaskRabbit, is the answer for people who don’t have time to commit. This app works similar to Fiverr, but offers matching local errands and jobs with local job seekers, worth $10 or more. Jobs vary from standing in line, baking cakes, walking dogs, and much more. It’s like the Uber or Tinder for quick errands and quick money making- all cashless (a credit card is required).

Get more information on Kutoto here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/kutoto-get-things-done-locally./id585915367?mt=8

Check out similar apps here: http://appcrawlr.com/app/related/2286384

 

 

Social Media for a Small Business

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You’re hanging out on instagram all day anyways ….

Take advantage of your consistent knowledge of social media and reach out to a small business seeking social media help. Many small companies are looking for someone with basic skills such as setting up a Facebook and various social networking pages, something you can do in your sleep! Thus, surprisingly, your fluency in social media, hashtags, and posting, turns you into an ideal social media intern for a small business.

 

You can check job ads on sites like Kijiji and Indeed. http://www.kijiji.ca/b-grand-montreal/social-media/k0l80002 and http://www.indeed.ca/

 

 

Tutor or Teacher

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If you show scholastic aptitude towards a certain subject, or can speak another language (or two), you might actually be the ideal tutor! Not only does it pay well, but you can choose to tutor in subjects that interest you or that you excel in, but you’re guaranteed to meet some cool new people and students, and it looks great on a resume!

 

You can check out tutoring jobs here: https://www.tutorhero.me/blog/post/51/Tutoring-Job-in-Montreal-Quebec-The-Best-Company-to-Work-For

http://ca.indeed.com/Tutoring-jobs-in-Montreal,-QC

 

Club Work

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Similar to social media, since you’re probably spending time there anyways, why not work in a club? Working in a club has a schedule benefit because typically you won’t be working before 10pm, but is also ideal to make new friends, get into the nightlife scene, and offers diverse roles- from a bottle service girl/boy, DJ, promoter, shooter girl, or bartender, to a bouncer, host/coat check, marketing and PR agents, and promotional model – the club industry, provided you’re a night owl, has a job to suit you.

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To apply to work in a club in Montreal stay tuned- most clubs will host a job fair early September that will be advertised on their Facebook or Instagram pages.

 

 

Mystery Shopping

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Mystery shopping is a really cool part-time job- you essentially assess customer service at various stores, from a boutique, to a spa, to a restaurant, the opportunities are endless. Although the pay is somewhat lower, you end up getting many fun outings paid for by the company, provided you can stay discreet within your assessment and fill out the corresponding report. I must warn however, if you see ads claiming to pay $400 or high amounts per assignments, it may be a scam (even if they send you a job application), be wise and weary- if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Apply to one of Montreal’s many Mystery Shopping firms here: https://premierservice.ca/apply/  

 

 

Create an Etsy or Ebay Store

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If you’re artistic, create a homemade product, and start and a corresponding Etsy store! Etsy specializes in selling handmade and vintage products, and is incredibly easy to use. If you’re not into making something or scouting vintage finds, you can always downsize and sell some used items Kardashian style via your very own Ebay store.

 

Check out Etsy and Ebay Stores here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/ and http://stores.ebay.ca/

 

 

Valet Parking Attendant

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If you’re car-less but enjoy driving, try finding a Valet Parking Attendant job- this is something different and surely a cool way to drive nice cars and spend work your time, differently.

 

Check out Valet Parking Attendant jobs in Montreal here: http://www.wowjobs.ca/BrowseResults.aspx?q=Valet&s=r&l=Montreal%2C+QC

 

Ride Share or Uber Driver

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If you have your own car, become a ride share or Uber driver – although Uber is banned in the city of Montreal (hyperlink this), it’s up and running as close as the area of Laval.

 

Furthermore, ride share drivers tend to make a huge profit and have their gas paid for. So when travelling between Montreal and another city, think about doing a ride share. Consider this: if you’re travelling from Ottawa to Montreal and fill your car up at $15 a person, you’re making $120 for the round trip. Not a bad profit, especially if you’re driving from point A to point B regardless.

 

Get more information on becoming an Uber driver here: https://partners.uber.com/join/

Get rideshare information here:  http://www.kijiji.ca/b-covoiturage/grand-montreal/c5l80002?siteLocale=en_CA and http://www.kangaride.com/ and check your local and university rideshare groups on Facebook (hyperlink fb)

 

Freelance Writer/ Blogging

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If you have a lot to say, or extended knowledge in one subject, freelance writing or blogging could be for you. Many websites are seeking bloggers and freelance writers, and allow submissions from the public- best of all, if they choose your story or piece, you will be paid!

 

Check out websites that pay to feature your writing here: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/websites-that-pay-writers-2015-79-sites/